14 quotes about fascism that everyone should read


The neo-nationalism of Brexit and the election of the nativist Donald Trump have rejuvenated far-right politics in a way that’s not been seen since the 1930s. Yet for the vast majority of people alive today the consequences and the methods of fascism are something learned rather than experienced. To help shed more light on this hateful, hate-mongering political philosophy, here are 14 quotes from academics, thinkers, authors and politicians who lived or studied the horrors of a fascist state. Read their words and remember forewarned is forearmed.

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

George Orwell

 “Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.”

– Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power”

– Benito Mussolini

“The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power…. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The Nazis understand everything except humour.”

– Mary Berg, The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto

“If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States.”

-Henry A. Wallace

“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.”

– Upton Sinclair

“When Fascism came into power, most people were unprepared, both theoretically and practically. They were unable to believe that man could exhibit such propensities for evil, such lust for power, such disregard for the rights of the weak, or such yearning for submission. Only a few had been aware of the rumbling of the volcano preceding the outbreak.”

– Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom

“Let fascism find not even a single passage to power or else that poisonous snake will infiltrate into every vital corner of the country and kill the future of the nation!”

 Mehmet Murat ildan

“The United States is extremely lucky that no honest, charismatic figure has arisen. Every charismatic figure is such an obvious crook that he destroys himself, like McCarthy or Nixon or the evangelist preachers. If somebody comes along who is charismatic and honest this country is in real trouble because of the frustration, disillusionment, the justified anger and the absence of any coherent response.

-Noam Chomsky

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

– Sinclair Lewis

“Are you a communist?”
“No I am an anti-fascist”
“For a long time?”
“Since I have understood fascism.”

– Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

“I do not fight fascists because I will win. I fight fascists because they are fascists.”

-Chris Hedges, Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt

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31 replies

  1. Good to remember that Churchill was a Mussolini’s admirer. “I could not help being charmed, like so many other people have been, by Signor Mussolini’s gentle and simple bearing and by his calm, detached poise in spite of so many burdens and dangers. Secondly, anyone could see that he thought of nothing but the lasting good, as he understood it, of the Italian people, and that no lesser interest was of the slightest consequence to him. If I had been an Italian I am sure that I should have been wholeheartedly with you from the start to finish in your triumphant struggle against the bestial appetites and passions of Leninism.”

    • And Gandhi wrote a very friendly letter to Hitler.
      I think we must settle things into their context : fascism hadn’t proved yet what it was all about, in spite of books, and it looked like a response to rising communism.
      Mussolini was allied to west for a long time, until he decided to use chemical weaponds for his conquest of Ethiopia. Then, west condamned him and Hitler called him on his side. I would enjoy to know when Churchil wrote this flattering letter about musso ?

  2. “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Carrying a cross in tiny hands

    • No actually it was the founder of the ACLU…David Brower I think his name is that said he and his lawyer minions would wrap himself in the American flag and pretend to fight for freedom but actually destroy America. Wake up… the fascists are the commies… they are the dictators… conservatives want freedom, free speech and liberty… the left is a pack of fascist commies

      • The fascist want capitalism to be only for themselves and want communism for everybody else. Look at the ruling classes in China, Rusia, and Cuba. Capitalism for the 1% and communism for the 99%.

  3. In respect of the many Brexishitters that come around, I would have thought, having won, being the majority, a PM that promises ‘Brexit means Brexit’ they could all go to sleep and not bother with the likes of us ‘remoaners.’ But still they keep coming. Why? I could understand a debate over in the leave camp to get precisely the Brexit you want, but to come here? Off their trolleys?

  4. Brexit and Trump happened because of some dickheads, granted, but also because the self-righteous “good” guys weren’t able to engage with the so-called “basket of deplorables”, another racist way to address those who a few decades ago were referred to as “the great unwashed”. We will never defeat extremism and populism by sticking an uncomplicated label on it (while, ironically, lamenting the inability of the “others” to understand complexity!), nor by hiding behind self-exculpatory delusions such as “Putin made Trump win the White House”.
    We must engage with those who have been left behind by globalisation, impoverished by immigration policies that disadvantage the natives, and double-crossed by the politicians they themselves elected.
    The secret recipe against this global surge of insanity is to solve the problems of those whom you so enjoy to deride. If we are so superior, then why can’t we figure out a way to make them feel safer under our morally-endowed guidance?

  5. The sad part about my generation of Brexit voters,is that our parents fought and many died to unite Europe,and rid the world of fascism.I only hope my son and his children won’t have to do the same.

  6. “I do not fight fascists because I will win. I fight fascists because they are fascists.” Seems quite apt for all us remmainers dealing with the Brexit-louts.

    • what ,,,are you serious , Trump is the first politician to say the truth , mexican wall , islam ban etc …and he was voted in , YES IN , Obama has destroyed the world with his lies and COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE MEDIA…..LOOK at Bush and Blair they are two war criminals still walking free , why not moan at them not things that have been DEMOCRATICALLY voted for , oh you are indeed the Fascists of 21st century

  7. It is interesting that you left out one of the most famous George Orwell quotes about fascism: “The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable'”. Perhaps you are on the wrong side of that quote?

  8. my oh my , how views may of differed if only the allies of ww1 had seen fit not to destroy everything German , and give German lands to other nations , who then in turn tortured and killed all German speakers ,Hitler ( who turned into a madman ), begged Chamberlain to help his people OR THERE WOULD BE CONSEQUENCES ..Most actual military commanders of WW1 know that the war was won , simply because the German high command sent the Kaiser into exile ….back to the present day , all those Clinton supporters , and the stay supporters are encouraging the likes of myself and millions of others to vote brexxit and Trump , i am hoping Trump can derail this utter madness of PC in every MALE life , how come the israelis or jewish led Russian revolution is not talked of in the same way as Hitlers Germany , the one was responsible for 5 times the amount of murders than WW2, the other has been trying to commit genocide since 1948

  9. Man, it is just delicious to watch you lefty moonbats go totally insane now that We the People have spoken. By all means, continue; nothing gladdens our hearts more than watching you totally shred your credibility. [Trump as a christian? Uh, no.] Meanwhile, in the real world, the British economy is humming along just fine, and Trump is playing 3-D chess while you poor duffers are playing tic-tac-toe. #TrumpISYourPresident #YouLost,Snowflakes, #GetOverIt.

    • Islam ban, Mexican Wall, nothing racist in those then!! Do not think when the Nazies take power that you are safe because you voted for them, I may denounce you as a comie.

  10. Only the simple minded – or the disingenuous – would conflate patriotism with fascism based on the “wrapped in the flag” quote.

  11. Looks like you are wrong. Time shows that Trump was not a fascist and he was fighting the fascists and lost. Scratch a liberal and find a facist. Now we have the Bidons and Trudeau. It’s too bad people can’t see their folly while they revel in it. I do like seeing old articles like this; it represents the media and government’s ability to manipulate the people. It also makes people realize they were dupped or they just double down…what will you do?

  12. How much $ will the Fascists/Plutocrats have to pay the proletariat in order for them to continue to blame the disappearing middle class for their lack of opportunity. That middle class which still includes the few billionaires/entrepreneurs who don’t wish to seal off that once open path to success available to them. We can see the nearly unscalable barriers to entry being erected before that path by the corporatists/government bureaucrats/elected officials who wish to close off new membership to the Fascist Bureaucracy of America.

  13. Funny how the current “conservative” posters exclaim that their foundation is of truth, liberty and free speech. They then wrap their arms around every deep state deep doodoo conspiracy like they’ve got some higher intellect wisdom, then they lutch the zero evidence and 50+ losing court cases claiming a stolen election and all the while their hero continually claims that the free press is the “enemy of the people” while creating his Truth Social conservative social media site where he bans any nonconformists from participating. And who are the snowflakes again? Per Agent Orange… “believe me when I tell you”. So many chumps so little covid.

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